November 1, 2017

Principal’s Message: MVWSD Surveys

MVWSD uses data to inform its initiatives and decisions on all aspects of its services. While it’s important that we learn from you, we also know you’re busy, and we want to balance the time involved with District surveys with our need for information to serve our students and families.

To help with this, the District tracks the number of surveys given annually. This year, these are the major, district wide surveys that you will be asked to participate in:

Climate survey for staff, students (grades 5, 7) and all parents - November 6
LCAP survey for staff, students and parents - February

Thank you in advance for your participation, time and thoughtfulness.

Operation Gratitude is back!

Too much candy in your house after Halloween? Why not donate them at school to Operation Gratitude? Huff is teaming up with Grant Road Dental to collect and donate extra candy to our men and women in the Armed Services. There will be collection bins outside of the office for a week after Halloween. Special thanks to third grader Lara P for spearheading this three years in a row!

Huff PTA Parent Satisfaction Survey

At our 1st General PTA meeting last month (Sept. 14) we heard questions from new and current members that led to the need for baseline data from our community. In order to serve you better, we would like ALL parents to participate in this brief survey:

Please complete the survey by November 1. We plan to share the survey results at the next General meeting on Nov. 16 and use a similar survey annually to gauge community satisfaction and requests. Adding your comments to the survey will help us understand how Huff PTA can best serve our community… especially our students! Thank you! - Hera & PTA Board

Adopt A Family - Help Families Impacted by Hurricane Irma and Maria

Room 9 and Room 13 are working with an organization call Adopt A Family in USVI who matches willing parties with families impacted by recent Hurricane Irma and Maria to get back on their feet. This is a great opportunity for Huff kids to get involved in giving back and helping those in need. If you are interested in participating, Room 9 is taking donation for children between the ages of 4-5 and Room 13 is taking donations for children between the ages of 10-13. Suggested donation items include age appropriate toys, books, snacks and basic hygiene items (first aid kit, toothbrush, socks, etc). Please bring your items any time next week, the kids will be collecting them in class throughout next week.

It's Time to Register to Attend the Huff PTA's 20th Anniversary Silent Auction & Party!

This year we have an amazing assortment of kids parties, adult gatherings, restaurant gift certificates, sporting event tickets and much, much more! Check out the Huff Auction Catalog now and get your bidding list ready! The Silent Auction & Party is this Saturday, November 4, and it’s time to register for The 20/20 Experience!

Register for the Event:

The auction is the Huff community’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support to make the event a success! The Auction is FREE to attend, but we strongly encourage you to register in advance so you can avoid the long registration line on the evening of the event.

Please consider volunteering an hour or two of your time to help with auction preparations, day of event setup, data entry, checkout, and more. Check out the Auction Signup Sheet for jobs and items you could loan for the evening (water dispensers, coolers, folding tables and more).

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30pm for The 20/20 Experience. To learn more about the Auction check out the Auction FAQs. If you have donations, suggestions, questions or can volunteer please contact the Auction Chair, Suzanne Shultz at

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

Childcare for Auction night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night, November 4. Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Event includes: Dinner, games, prizes and a special dessert. For more details, contact Director- Robert Muniz at or (650) 429 1366

Date: Nov. 4, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-10:30pm
Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040
Cost: $35 per child

Donated to MVEF yet?

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join AM choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Donate today!

Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education through core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports.

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult' - Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents ... Please join us as Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” talks about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community. Her new memoir, “Real American,” was just released on October 3.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Admission is FREE, but please register:

Let's Talk

Mon. Nov. 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., In Front of Whole Foods, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos

(Temporary location for Holiday!) A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.

All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. See flyer.

Parent Chat

Tue. Nov. 14, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Los Altos Library

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC. See flyer.

Executive Functioning with John Brentar, Morrissey Compton Educational Center

Wed. Nov. 15, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

Executive functioning is the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks. Success in school requires good executive functioning skills like working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Children with learning challenges often have problems with executive functioning skills, but there are techniques that can help train everyone to enhance these skills. Every student can benefit by improving memory, organizational skills, and learning how to make better choices. Join John Brentar, PhD from the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for a great night learning about executive functioning. See flyer.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 is now available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.


We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Nov. 3 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Silent Auction and Party

Nov. 6 - 13 - Week of Inspirational Math

Tue., Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 22 - 24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

Flyers and Attachments

November Lunch Menu

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